Disappointing Anime of 2012


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While there have been many very good anime series this year there have also been a number of disappointing ones, series that had a lot of potential, but for one reason or another failed to live up to it. Such series aren’t necessarily terrible, but because they suffered from numerous problems ultimately never lived up to the potential that their stories or characters had. In fact there are a few of these series that I really enjoyed watching, or at least enjoyed parts, but their flaws were too much for me to really like them as a whole. I never really ‘hated’ these series, largely because hating an anime series seems to be an exercise in futility, although there are a couple of exceptions, series that were just terrible and what little enjoyment I got from them was short lived. This is a list, but not in any real order since it seems a little silly to try and order the disappointing anime in the same way as you would order your favourite anime (and I even find that pointless). Read more of this post

Eureka Seven AO and the Curse of the Sequel


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Sequels can be tricky things, and while the idea of a sequel may at first seem good; many of them inevitably turn out to be worse than the original. There are two distinct types of sequel, those that follow on from previous series and are a simple continuation of the story, and those that try to build upon what has happened in previous series and expand the themes and ideas. Of course, suggesting that there are only two types of sequel is a little flawed as there are numerous sub-divisions and subtleties with these series, although they inevitably fit into these two broader categories. Eureka Seven AO fits into the second category, with the series using existing themes from the original series but attempting to build on them and expand the universe. Considering how great the original series is this might sound great, unfortunately there is one problem with it, the series is rubbish and does absolutely nothing to the franchise other than rip apart everything that was good about the original.   Read more of this post

Eureka Seven AO and the monster of the week


Eureka Seven AO is a series with numerous problems, many of which are fundamental flaws in the series as whole. It was a series that I initially approached with some caution, seeing signs of classic mistakes made when studios and producers attempt to make a sequel to a much loved original. There were numerous elements of this series that bore a remarkable resemblance to simile decisions within the Last Exile sequel, a series that, while interesting in places, ultimately failed due to poor characters and a lack of any meaningful story progression. Read more of this post

The portrayal of marginal groups and foreigners in anime


 

Marginal groups are quite problematic for Japan, and while they are used in anime and manga, we don’t see them used particularly often. What is so fascinating about the use of marginal or minority groups in anime is that their portrayal and the subsequent reactions of many other characters in the series bears a striking resemblance to the attitudes towards such groups in real life. Marginal groups such as the Zainichi Koreans and Ainu are central to the creation and maintenance of a Japanese national discourse about a shared identity and culture. As Wirth (1945) suggests, marginal groups, because of their physical or cultural characteristics, are singled out from the rest of society for differential and unequal treatment, and therefore begin to view themselves as objects of collective discrimination (Wirth, 1945:347). Read more of this post

Eureka Seven AO First Impressions – Looks like the Scub Coral is at it again


Eureka Seven was a spectacular series, beautifully animated with a fascinating story set in a world that was both realistic while also being strange, bizarre and amazing. It was a series, which showed Bones at the exuberant best, with colorful backgrounds, great flight sequences, surfing in the sky and a fascinating story. It was however a deeply flawed series, one that hard grand ambitions which often meant that the show veered off course, and became a pretentious mess at times. Read more of this post

Spring 2012 Preview – Thoughts on next seasons shows


 

The list of anime in the Spring 2012 line-up is pretty varied, and there are those shows that I either don’t care about or are entirely indifferent too. So, here’s a list of the shows that I will be watching, and possibly a few that I wont.

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